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How to Blanch Asparagus

I blanch asparagus, just about anytime I’m cooking for a dinner party, and many times when it’s just my wife and I.  Blanching the asparagus, allows you to cook it most of the way well in advance, which is a huge time saver when I need it and n this cooking technique video, I show you how to do it..  You can get the asparagus 90% cooked in the afternoon, and then just finish it off right before

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How to Clean Asparagus

Asparagus is one of my favorite Spring vegetables.  I love the nice, clean, grassy taste, and it’s really versatile to cook with.  You can grill, steam, sauté it…asparagus also makes a great addition to pasta’s and salads. However, before you do any of that, you've got to get it cleaned and prepped.

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Greek Pizza

The possibilities for homemade pizzas are endless…that’s one of the reasons I love to make them.  In this recipe video, I make a Greek inspired pizza.  What makes this pizza Greek Inspired?  Well I’m taking some of the ingredients in a Greek salad, like red onion, feta, and spinach, and using them as my toppings.  The contrasts in flavor between the sweet onion, and the salted feta cheese are a

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How to Make Pappardelle Pasta

I can’t be certain, but I don’t think I’ve ever bought, or even seen pappardelle pasta in the grocery store.  It might be in your’s, but I have a tough time finding it.  Fortunately, I love homemade pastas, and I love to make pappardelle.  In this recipe video, I show you how to cut this pasta shape, which is a very broad, long noodle.  Pappardelle, is pretty common is restaurants, and goes gre

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How to Make Fettucini Pasta

I’ll admit that making your own pasta is a bit time consuming.  But, I’ll also contend that homemade pasta is one of the best things you can make at home.  While it does take some time, it’s not super hard, and there is a high level of satisfaction you’ll get from making your own.  And it’s sooo tasty.  In this recipe video, I show you how to make a homemade fettucini pasta – one of

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Risotto with Shrimp and Peas

In this recipe video, I wanted to show you another installment of the wonderful world of risotto.  As I’ve written in the past, risotto options are endless; it really is a blank canvas on which you can paint nearly anything.  In this version, I add some quickly sautéed shrimp and some pureed peas which make a great spring time combination.  The firm salty shrimp provide a great con

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Potato Gratin With Cauliflower

Today I’ve got one of my favorite side dishes for you.  This recipe is a spin on the classic potato gratin.  In the video, I show you my version, in which I add some cauliflower, which may not quite make it healthy, it does get some additional vegetables on the plate, which is always a good thing

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Pizza Margarita

If you’re going to make homemade pizza, a good Pizza Margarita needs to be in your repertoire; In this recipe video I show you how to make my version of this classic pizza.  It’s really where pizza started, and the simple flavors of great pizza sauce, creamy, fresh mozzarella and a crispy crust...

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Fettucini with Olive Oil and Garlic

One of the simplest pasta dishes you can make is fettucini with olive oil and garlic.  And while very simple, this fettucini dish, if made with good balance, is simply awesome.  In this recipe video, I show you how to make the dish…which only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.  It's great when you've come hom

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Pizza Sauce

While I love ordering in pizza from any number of my local pizza joints, I’ve found that a great homemade pizza is often more tasty, more satisfying, and best of all, allows me to be much more creative..  With the variety of cheeses and toppings out there, you can really get creative with different pizza’s, but they all start with the sauce.  In this recipe video, I show you my pizza sauce reci

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